Tickets for Santa Parade Train on sale

Santa and Mrs. Claus will ride the annual Santa Parade Train from Mukwonago to East Troy on the East Troy Railroad Dec. 2.

Tickets are available for the East Troy Railroad’s annual Santa Parade Train on Saturday, Dec. 2. The train departs from Mukwonago’s Midnight Magic celebration and makes its journey to downtown East Troy for holiday fun on the historic Village Square.

Special heated passenger trolleys will pick up riders from Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago and transport them behind the East Troy Railroad’s Santa Train to the Division Street crossing in East Troy. Riders will be able to walk to the East Troy Village Square for the community Christmas tree lighting. The trolley will leave at 8 p.m. from the East Troy Depot to take riders back to Elegant Farmer.

Holiday activities planned at Village Square Park, 2881 Main St., from 5:30 to 8 p.m., include the lighting of the Bob Barutha Memorial Christmas tree, winter activities, Holiday Marketplace, photos with Santa, caroling and more. The East Troy Lioness Club will offer walking tacos, hot dogs and hot cocoa in the warmth of the Lions Lodge beginning at 5 p.m.

“We are so excited for the return of this family friendly event. This has been a local holiday tradition for decades and is something people look forward to year after year,” East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vanessa Lenz said. “This year, we are happy to expand on this East Troy tradition and offer new holiday activities outdoors at East Troy Village Square Park.”

Presented by the East Troy Railroad in conjunction with the East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce and Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Center, the beautifully lit four-car train travels down the century-old interurban trolley line between Mukwonago and East Troy.

The original East Troy Christmas Parade train, started by the East Troy Jaycees and the railroad in 1972, was an historic reproduction of the Schuster’s Christmas Parade in Milwaukee. The Schuster’s Department store chain sponsored the parade, established in 1928, to kick off the Christmas shopping season. It disappeared in 1955 with the demise of the Milwaukee Electric Lines interurban and streetcar system.

Tickets for the Santa Parade Train are $15 and can be purchased at


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